Bravado's Project Destiny in peril
The South African team Bravado, who turned heads at DreamHack Open Winter with a second place finish, could see their dreams of competing in North America come to an end unless the organization is able to secure further funding.
Project Destiny is the name given to Bravado's journey to North America after the South African organization was able to score a good enough sponsorship deal to send the five players and coach overseas.
Bravado started their grind in ESEA Main, which they won, earning themselves a spot in MDL. The South Africans then won MDL, but did so during a season that didn't grant them an ESL Pro League spot.
This season, Bravado were knocked out of the ESEA MDL playoffs and weren't able to make Pro League, but they made up for it by qualifying for their first ever international event (not counting African qualifiers), DreamHack Open Winter, where they had a 2nd place finish and beat teams like OpTic and G2.
Bravado, who were nowhere to be seen in the rankings when their journey began, have become a top 30 team, and are currently resting at #28 in the world thanks to the opportunities they've had living in North America.
In June, the team moved to Texas, where two of the organization's main sponsors, Dell and Alienware, have their headquarters, but the cost of maintaining a team in North America, as well as not being able to find local sponsors to help the players with O1/P1 visas, has put Project Destiny in peril.
Bravado has qualified for the IEM Katowice Americas Minor, which will take place in Poland on January 22-26, but if the organization is unable to find further funding to send their players back to the United States, they will have to return to South Africa as the organization looks to secure funding to send them back in the future.
For those interested, Bravado has released a statement explaining the situation in more detail, here, and included a contact point to the organization's management as well as a link and information about a crowdfunding campaign aimed at covering the bare minimums to keep the team in North America.